Summary from Goodreads
Rosie Hopkins is looking forward to Christmas in the little Derbyshire village of Lipton, buried under a thick blanket of snow. Her sweetshop is festooned with striped candy canes, large tempting piles of Turkish Delight, crinkling selection boxes and happy, sticky children. She's going to be spending it with her boyfriend, Stephen, and her family, flying in from Australia. She can't wait.
But when a tragedy strikes at the heart of their little community, all of Rosie's plans for the future seem to be blown apart. Can she build a life in Lipton? And is what's best for the sweetshop also what's best for Rosie?
Treat yourself and your sweet-toothed friends to Jenny Colgan's heart-warming new novel. The irresistibly delicious recipes are guaranteed to get you into the festive spirit and will warm up your Christmas celebrations.
Published November 7th 2013 by Sphere
This is a wonderfully warm and inviting Christmassy tale that is just perfect to curl up with on those long dark nights.
There is a lot of fluffy and light themes throughout this story but also a lot of drama and more serious backdrops to keep you completely hooked.
Rosie Hopkins is a London city gal, living in a small town with her boyfriend, Steven. Rosie own the gorgeous little old fashioned sweet shop that was previously run by her great aunt. Rosie still feels like an outsider in the little village and she has the step-mother from hell - who also lives in the village (awkward)!
But everyone's lives are well and truly turned upside down when a horrific accident rocks the village.
Jenny Colgan is a beautiful writer, her lush snowy descriptors are just stunning and the magical little sweet shop is beautifully imagined and brought to life. I would of loved to have just lost myself in among all of those delights. Her ability to convey emotion is wonderful and I think there is just the perfect amount of light and shade throughout.
The ending is just....sighingly perfect!
Christmas at Rosie Hopkins' Sweet Shop is a must read winter warmer that has a little bit of everything nestled within it's pages: Great characters, gorgeously rich descriptors, bucket loads of emotion, family love/drama, humour, big shockers, disasters and not forgetting a birth and also a death! A really lovely Christmassy tale that also tackles some more serious issues.
*With special thanks to Sphere for the review copy*